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Smithsonian director tours Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:37:50 GMT

As Lonnie Bunch walked through the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum on Thursday, he mused to museum director Pam Junior about the prominent figures on display that he knew -- like the Ku Klux Klan leader with whom he came face-to-face, and the family of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder in 1955 is widely regarded as the nation's final push into the civil rights movement. The founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, Bunch has intimate knowledge of the persistent unequal treatment of black Americans.

Mississippi lost one of its best with the passing of Leslie Lampton

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 03:43:14 GMT

Tuesday, the state of Mississippi lost a man who for more than 60 years dedicated himself to creating jobs and building a business in his home state. Leslie Lampton, Mississippi's only billionaire and the founder of Ergon, which has multiple subsidiaries in Vicksburg, died Tuesday at his home in Jackson.

Ben Foreman to remain Bay High's football coach for the 2018-2019 school year

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 01:23:44 GMT

The Bay-Waveland School District Board of Trustees on Thursday approved Superintendent Vikki Landry's appointment of Ben Foreman as Bay High School's football coach for the 2018-2019 school year. The motion passed 3-2.

3 deputies honored for life-saving efforts in Mississippi

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:46:56 GMT

The Natchez Democrat reports that Adams County Sheriff Travis Patten called deputies Stephen Karabelen and Kevin Bailey to the county board of supervisors meeting Monday and surprised them by promoting both to the rank of corporal. The pair had responded to a house fire April 3 and ran in several times to try to save Artiemese Harris-Frye.

MS Insurance Commissioner urge storm victims to file claims quickly

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:57:04 GMT

Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney is urging any victims affected from the April 14 storms to file their insurance claims as quickly as possible. In a press release issued out on Wednesday, April 15, Chaney said The Mississippi Insurance Department's consumer service division is standing by ready to assist victims.

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Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:11:13 GMT

Mississippi's eight public universities plan to raise tuition by an average of 4 percent next fall, saying lingering effects from state budget cuts two years ago require them to get more revenue from students. The College Board on Thursday preliminarily approved additional tuition increases at all of the universities.


Fri, 20 Apr 2018 06:27:43 GMT

Some of the top scholar-athletes were honored at the Wendy's High School Heisman. The ceremony took place Thursday morning at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

NWS confirms 5 tornadoes touched down in South MS Saturday

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:59:37 GMT

The National Weather Service office out of New Orleans has completed damage surveys on five tornadoes that touched down in South Mississippi Saturday. Three of those five tornadoes touched down in Jackson County and were all rated EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which rates tornadoes from 0-5.

Jason Shelton qualifies for U.S. Senate special election

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:59:36 GMT

The Mayor of Tupelo, Jason Shelton, qualified for the November 6 special election to replace retired U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. One thousand signatures of registered voters from across MS are required in order for a candidate to qualify.

Three men and a 16-year-old were arrested in the overnight sting. Source: WDAM.

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:59:35 GMT

According to the Hattiesburg Police Department, three men and a teenager, all out of North Mississippi, were arrested around 3: 45 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of North 37th Avenue and Montague Boulevard. HPD Spokesman Ryan Moore said multiple items, ranging from stolen weapons to electronics, were found inside the car the suspects were in.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant brought Brexit firm with Cambridge Analytica link to Ole Miss

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:24:07 GMT

Cambridge Analytica is the political data analysis firm hired by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign that gained access to private information on more than 50 million Facebook users without their permission. Brittany Kaiser, the former business development director for Cambridge Analytica, testified Tuesday before the British Parliament that the University of Mississippi partnered with a British group, Eldon Insurance, to use Facebook user data to create a new data research firm called Big Data Dolphins.

Pine Belt businessman elected to Mississippi Power Board of Directors

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:05:29 GMT

Mississippi Power announced that Thomas Duff, a local businessman in the Pine Belt, was elected to the company's board of directors Thursday, April 19. Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson says Duff's leadership and business acumen will be a huge asset to the board. "Thomas Duff is a highly successful business leader and a true Mississippi success story," Wilson said.

Mississippi GOP hopefuls decry federal spending, regulations

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:11:42 GMT

The six GOP candidates in the 3rd District spoke Wednesday night in Jackson at a forum sponsored by Americans For Prosperity, a group promoting free markets and limited government.

Coast church leaders explain why they're taking action after recent mass shootings

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:43:06 GMT

Church leaders in South Mississippi explain why they have turned to law enforcement for training to learn the best ways to keep their sanctuaries and congregations safe from attack. Having armed security personnel, or at least a security plan, is something many churches are turning to as mass shootings continue to plague the country.

Twins prospect duo thrives in doubleheader

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:55:00 GMT

When things are going well offensively, more at-bats are certainly welcomed. That being the case, Wednesday's doubleheader came at a good time for Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade as the duo helped lead Double-A Chattanooga to a pair of wins over Jacksonville.

She could make history on 'Idol,' but this drag queen from the South faces bigger challenge

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 02:15:23 GMT

This year is her time to shine - she made it through auditions and onto Hollywood with a powerful rendition of "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals. She brought Katy Perry to her feet before she could even finish belting out a chilling cover of "Creep" by Radiohead.

EMCC hosts annual job fair

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:40:55 GMT

East Mississippi Community College students and others in the area looking for work had an opportunity to get their name out and make some connections Tuesday. The annual EMCC job fair drew more than 60 businesses, government agencies and other potential employers, as well as a large number of job seekers.